Congratulations to our 2020-21 Common Sense Educators!

Common Sense Educator recognition acknowledges an educator's commitments to teaching digital citizenship and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion. Common Sense Educators are helping students build skills that are essential for their well-being today—and for the opportunities they'll have tomorrow.

This honor is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

The Office of Instructional Technology extends its congratulations to the following PWCS educators:

  • Dione Aanderud, Parkside Middle School
  • Kaitlyn Abdale, John D. Jenkins Elementary School
  • Kerry Adkins, Marsteller Middle School
  • Lucy Afful, Freedom High School
  • Bryan Baroz, Saunders Middle School
  • Ciara Benson, Marumsco Hills Elementary School
  • Cynthia Boddie, Office of Professional Learning
  • BenjaminBonano, Freedom High School
  • LisaBourell, Patriot High School
  • Rebecca Brians, Dale City Elementary School
  • MarianneBurns, Patriot High School
  • Mirachelle Canada, Hylton High School
  • Jennifer Carey, Independence Nontraditional School
  • Marie Cerven, Reagan Middle School
  • Lynn Codispoti, Kerrydale Elementary School
  • Jennifer Coleman, Osbourn Park High School
  • Jennifer Cooper, Potomac High School
  • Beverley Cornish, Potomac Middle School
  • Emmanuelle Cross, Porter Traditional School
  • Timothy Cruz, Office of Instructional Technology
  • James Faulk, Hylton High School
  • Kim Fleming, Beville Middle School
  • Rose Gallitz, Potomac High School
  • Lisa Gill, Triangle Elementary School
  • Aaliyah Green, Triangle Elementary School
  • Diane Harazin, Office of Instructional Technology
  • Leslie Harper, Alvey Elementary School
  • Taylor Harris, Alvey Elementary School
  • Lauren Hayworth, Marsteller Middle School
  • Heather Huff, Sinclair Elementary School
  • Meghan Hyatt, Gainesville Middle School
  • Diane Karrick, Rosa Parks Elementary School
  • Stephen Keane, Hylton High School
  • Peggi Knight, Independence Nontraditional School
  • Melissa Layton, Bull Run Middle School
  • Kelly Machovec, Westridge Elementary School
  • Elizabeth Marlowe, Osbourn Park High School
  • Heather Meek, Ellis Elementary School
  • Linda Mitchell, Unity Braxton Middle School
  • Joy Moller, Victory Elementary School
  • Susan Moorefield, Marsteller Middle School
  • Kelly Moxley, Office of Professional Learning
  • Katherine Murphy, Saunders Middle School
  • Chantel Pitts, Woodbridge High School
  • Melanie Riley, Alvey Elementary School
  • Sheryl Roberts, Vaughan Elementary School
  • Emily Robinson, Freedom High School
  • Jessica Rowe, Covington-Harper Elementary School
  • Tera Scott, Saunders Middle School
  • Kathryn Speaks, Patriot High School
  • Diane Stinson, Benton Middle School
  • Johnna Tselides, Piney Branch Elementary School
  • Sabrina Tucker, Bristow Run Elementary School
  • Pilar Vasconez, Parkside Middle School
  • Christine Ware, Gainesville Middle School
  • Tabatha Zarkauskas, Forest Park High School


Montage of children's books. Text reads "Children's Lit Mentor Texts"          Metal truss bridge. Text reads: Building a Bridge to Computer Science with Children's Literature

Sheryl Roberts, Vaughn Elementary and Michelle Dunphy, Fitzgerald Elementary presented papers at the Virginia Conference for Children's Engineering and the Virginia Society for Technology in Education.  The title of their presentation was Building a Bridge to Technology using Children's Literature. Both Unplugged and Plugged Activities were shared to help teachers use children's picture books in teaching ISTE and Virginia's Computer Science SOLs.  Examples of implementation were shared for K-3 and 4-5 and a spreadsheet of Children's books with and ready to use activities were also included.

Full STEAM Ahead
 The STEAM COACH, Kaitlin Chidester and Instructional Technology Coach, Nikki Jones collaborated to bring Computer Science Education week to Chris Yung Elementary! K-1st grade in person students programmed Go Robot Mice while virtual students worked with a web-based bee-bot simulator! 2nd and 3rd grade students continued to learn block coding and are working through a course on Code.Org. 4th and 5th grade students were challenged to make an impact on the ocean as a Coral Reef Cleanup Crew using the Vex Robotics website! They culminated the week with a Whole School Code party where students in K-5 completed the Hour of Code Dance Party!


Hour of Code logoBegun as an introduction to computer science, this now yearly event, held during Computer Science Education Week each December, has become a worldwide effort to celebrate the field of computer science. Students throughout PWCS enjoy participating in a variety of Hour of Code events. Hour of Code


Digital Learning Day logoStarted as a way to spread innovative practices that are taking place in classrooms and in out-of-school programs across the country, Digital Learning Day provides a powerful venue for educators to highlight great teaching practices that are improving student learning outcomes. Not about the technology, Digital Learning Day is about the learning! Digital Learning Day


Full STEAM Ahead Kaitlin Chidester, STEAM Coach and Nikki Jones, Instructional Technology Coach led a 10-Day Creativity Challenge at Chris Yung using Flipgrid. Students were challenged each day with a new topic that inspired them to create. Through Flipgrid students were able to collaborate and communicate with each other's responses. Creativity challenges included Chrome Music Lab, engineering a tall tower, marble mazes, squiggle drawings, presidential interviews and other activities that inspired creativity from a variety of genres both on and offline. To keep the momentum of creativity and critical thinking going at CYES they are issuing weekly challenges for their K-5 students!


Girls who Code logoGirls who code seeks to close the gender gap in technology and build the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. They offer learning opportunities to deepen computer science skills and confidence; create clear pathways from school into the computing workforce; build a support of peers and role models who help students persist and succeed! Programs for 6th -12th graders include after school clubs, specialized summer courses and summer programs where 10-11th grade girls learn coding and get exposure to tech jobs. Girls Who Code